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he vote for a switch from a mayor-council to council-manager government in Ithaca will not be offered to the public this November. At the April City Administration Committee meeting, chair Deb Mohlenhoff presented the idea of the working group to the rest of the committee, recommending the change. The original goal seemed to be to work on details and public outreach throughout the summer and early fall and then add it to the November ballot for residents to vote on. However, City Attorney Ari Lavine discovered that New York state’s recently amended referendum procedures require any city filing for any local law up for referendum to submit it to the Board of Elections at least three months prior. That means the actual piece of legislation would have to be ready to go and submitted by Aug. 2. “When you add in other required procedures that means Council would have to make a final vote by July 14,” Lavine said. The two options were to extend the timeline and miss this fall’s ballot, or move forward quickly; the working group chose the former. “We were just extremely uncomfortable with how little opportunity Council would have to weigh in,” committee chair Deb Mohlenhoff said. Mohlenhoff added that Common Council would likely need to add two extra meetings over the summer to work on it and said ultimately it just felt too rushed. Lavine said they could continue working on the process and reach the final vote from the Council by this fall, but it would have to wait and go on the November 2022 ballot. “That way there’s not an intense pressure to have this all wrapped up in a short time frame and simulataneously educate the public,” Mohlenhoff said. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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cting Police Chief John Joly presented guidelines and expectations pertaining to behavior at protests following a request from Mayor Svante Myrick. “It’s the culmination of a difficult year nationally and locally,” Joly said. “We realized there really wasn’t a written policy on hand about how to address these protests, and our takeaway was there wasn’t enough direction for the public about how to protest, where to protest, and parameters so people can understand what would be acceptable.” Joly worked in collaboration with the Community Police Board to come up with the guidance. Mike Simons, a

member of the board, explained that the Oct. 22 protest that resulted in the use of pepper spray by police and several arrests of community members specifically influenced the guidelines, as it had led to several investigations by the Community Police Board. “We recommended something for both the community and for the police, because we heard confusion about expectations for conduct at protests from both police and protesters when we were doing that investigation,” Simons said. “We wanted to start from a positive and proactive place where we can make it clear we embrace freedom of speech and assembly regardless of the

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message being presented.” The guidelines are split into Green Zone, Yellow Zone and Red Zone, which correlate to peaceful protests and demonstrations, the line between peaceful protest and criminal activity has been crossed, and a protest has become violent and there is immediate danger to public safety and health, respectively. Activities listed in the Green Zone include speeches and teach-ins, marches or parades that do not block traffic, singing, carrying signs, banners and posters, distributing written materials, picketing if access to businesses and public facilities is not forcibly blocked, public prayer, mocking/demanding action by public officials and performances or plays, including mock funerals. The expectations for police behavior in the green zone is minimal presence from

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law enforcement with officers in regular uniforms to direct traffic and de-escalate disputes. Joly described the Yellow Zone as activities that are technically violations of city code or state law. “Arrests would be appropriate, however we specifically outlined that at protests and large demonstrations that we’re asking officers not to make arrests on the Yellow categories,” he said. “They’re low-level violations and we don’t want to create a larger problem than we already have.” These activities include: blocking streets and sidewalks in a way that causes inconvenience but no danger to public health or safety; refusing to

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last year, but did not fill those positions and didn’t fill others because of the hiring freeze [due to the COVID-19 pandemic],” Fire Chief Tom Parsons said. Parsons said the depart-

ment is currently understaffed and has no fallback position for management if he’s, for some reason, unavailable to the department. “We’ve been relying on assistant chiefs who are part of the leadership team but are not management,” he said. “They can’t decide how to pay bills or do hiring and firing. It’s not part of their purview. I’ve been stringing it along for a while, but I think it’s time to bring back a deputy chief.” He also said the two other positions would bring resiliency to the department’s staffing. Parsons had originally proposed using some of the federal funds the city received from the American Rescue Plan to fund the positions, but said ultimately he doesn’t care where the money comes from. Mayor Svante Myrick said that he was hesitant to spend American Rescue Plan funds on recurring salaries since that money was distributed on a one-time basis, and instead suggested it should be funded out of contingency funds. City Controller Steve Thayer agreed, and said it’s important to be mindful of the money spent from the Rescue Plan. “I would concur that this would be a better situation for the contingency account,” he said. However, Alderperson

Graham Kerslick said that while he understands the city can’t count on those funds for long-term uses, he thinks they should be used for pandemicrelated struggles like relieving staffing pressures. “It’s been tough for the city in staffing, and we’re looking at the American Rescue fund for Band-Aids, short-term fixes,” he said. Alderperson Rob Gearhart said he was agnostic about where the funding came from, as long as they recognized this is a long-term commitment. “I don’t care where the money comes from because regardless of how we pay for it this year, we’re committing to it for the next year and beyond,” he said. Myrick agreed, and said that the city’s economy has recovered enough to sustain the position, but again cautioned against using the funds for a long-term commitment. Parsons jumped back in to add that some of the funding for the positions will come from the town of Ithaca, but that he hasn’t had the chance to speak to them yet. Ultimately, everyone agreed that the positions should be funded, and it will go before Common Council for a final vote on June 2 and determination of where the money will come from. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


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Ups There’s finally enough going on that we were able to revive the Ithaca Times’ Weekend Planner. Subscribe to the newsletter on Ithaca.com to make sure you don’t miss out! Downs Cornell University announced the death of another student. Allen Hyunwoo Park, a sophomore from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, died on May 26 as “a result of injuries he sustained at his apartment complex.”


Board of Ed. addresses vaccine concerns, consent curriculum


he Ithaca City School District Board of Education addressed myriad concerns from residents who claimed the COVID vaccine is an “experimental injection,” that the school district was forcing children to get vaccinated, and that the students were part of a “study” in which some would unknowingly get placebo shots. The group also took issue with the mask requirements and claimed the disease was being far overblown, especially as it pertains to children. Board member Erin Croyle pointed out the millions of people who have died of COVID-19 worldwide and said that the accusations hit a personal nerve with her. “I’m talking on a very personal level when I hear people talk about how people shouldn’t wear masks and children aren’t at risk,” she said. “I’ve spent the last 15 months at home because my son is very much at risk, and shame on you for not reading about that. He is not the only child in this district at risk, there are children at risk. When we talk about comorbidities it’s as if it’s a human being’s fault that they’re at risk […] So when you talk about how this doesn’t affect children and it doesn’t matter, I’m sorry but you’re wrong and you’re not doing the research.” She added that the mask mandates and the availability

of vaccines were for the safety of children like hers. “I’m not getting into a vaccine debate but remember that some of the sources and ‘facts’ I’ve heard [from you] are from QAnon,” she said. “One person said to let kids be kids, and yes I’d love it, but some of our kids cannot be kids if all kids don’t wear masks. You’re being selfish and forgetting about kids who are high risk. It’s ableist, it’s wrong, and remember that your world is not the only bubble that exists.” Board member Eldred Harris clarified that the board is under the authority of the CDC, the state health department and the Tompkins County Health Department. “When we take these positions we have to take an oath to support the constitution and the existing laws,” he said. “We’re not free agents to make these decisions. The last thing I’ll say is for those who spoke at the podium and addressed the school board as if these decisions are ours to make, you should run for these positions.” Deputy Superintendent Lily Talcott also addressed the accusation from a resident that the school is running vaccine clinics and forcing children to get vaccinated. “The Tompkins County Health Department is utilizing our physical spaces and their insurance provides all liability coverage,” she said. “We’re simply hosting clinics and the

Health Department is running them. Caregivers do have to provide written consent.” In answering other questions and accusations from speakers, Talcott clarified that anyone under the age of 18 getting vaccinated is receiving the Pfizer vaccine because that’s the only one approved for that age group, the Health Department is the one paying for the vaccine distribution (though they will be seeking reimbursement through FEMA), no placebo shot will be used, and all parents of children receiving the vaccine receive a full copy of the FDA’s emergency use authorization and a warning page synopsis. She added that no student is required to receive the vaccine. One board member (with masks covering their mouths it was unclear who was speaking) pointed out that local school districts will never have the power to mandate vaccines, as that power lies with the state. “If the state mandates it then we can’t fight that or ignore it either because it’s New York state law and we’re sworn to uphold the state law and we will not violate in either direction,” the board member said. Board member Nicole LaFave said she empathized with the speakers’ reluctance to trust the government, especially as a Black woman, but said she got vaccinated and her children wear masks because they’re sacrifices worth making to avoid worse scenarios. In other news Student representative Adam Saar presented survey results to the board that found 53% of 160 respondents who identify as women said they have experienced sexual

harassment or assault at school within ICSD, while 24% of the 112 who responded that did not identify as women they have too. He added that an anonymous form was also sent out for people to share their experiences, and he said a number of students said they reported the situation to an adult but no measures were taken to prevent it from happening again. “Clearly these numbers and stories show how prevalent sexual harassment and assault is at ICSD,” Saar said. “This is a tragedy, and we think there’s a clear way to combat it in the future.” Saar suggested expanding consent education for elementary and middle schoolers, and also requested in-depth education, especially for boys, on sexual harassment and consent. “I think it should be incorporated into the social and emotional curriculum so students can learn from a young age what is acceptable and what is not OK,” he said. Board member Sean Eversley Bradwell said that there is curriculum for students from Pre-K through 12th grade that talk about forms of consent in different ways, examining boundaries and respecting people’s bodies. “I firmly agree we can expand consent education,” he said. Croyle said it also seemed like a good place for professional development with teachers. Overall the board was receptive to the idea and said it would reach out to unions, educators and administrators. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g Ju ne

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Heard Bonnie Camacho, 38, was arrested on May 27 at her residence on the 100 block of Chestnut Street for allegedly setting a person on fire in a parked car on May 14. Seen If you see smoke coming from the Ithaca airport this Saturday morning, don’t panic or call 911. The airport is conducting an emergency preparedness drill June 5 from 9-11 a.m. and will simulate the crash landing of a commercial airliner. Local Farmers Markets It’s supposed to be a warm, sunny weekend — the perfect time to get outside and do some shopping. This week you can hit the Candor Farmers Market starting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, at the Candor Town Hall Pavilion for an assortment of produce, baked goods, cheese, crafts and more. Cortland also hosts a market on Saturday mornings on Main Street, the first Saturday market of the year. It begins at 8 a.m. An hour later, Ithaca Farmers Market opens up at the pavilion at Steamboat Landing along the waterfront, or if you’re looking for something smaller scale, on Tuesday, June 8 you can visit the DeWitt Park Ithaca Farmers Market. There you can grab prepared food or groceries beginning at 9 a.m. And lastly, Trumansburg is hosting a Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 9 starting at 4 p.m. that will feature live music alongside produce, meats, crafts and more at the community-built pavilions.

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his week the Tomping, among other kins County Industrithings), the money al Development Agenfor the project is cy (IDA for short) will hold a actually coming public hearing to listen to the from a private public’s views on McKinley equity fund with Development/Blue Vista’s re$2 billion in assets quest for a 10-year tax break under management on the apartment complex (Blue Vista), of they are proposing to build which $200 milat 401 E. State St./Martin lion belong to the Luther King, Jr. Street. This company’s princiis not the first time city and pals. Yes, believe county tax payers are being it or not, this is the asked by the IDA to subsidize company that is Peter Wissoker developers who want to build telling us they need market-rate apartments in taxpayers to cover Ithaca. I recognize that this 15.8% of the cost of is the IDA’s mission, but it is time they take the project, that is to say, approximately into account whether developers who come $18.6 million. looking for a tax break actually need the The TCIDA should know better than funds or if they are taking advantage of us. to buy into this type of project. AdmitAlthough on the face of it, this seems tedly, it ticks some boxes for them—it’s like a project brought to us by a seasoned downtown, multi-family, energy-efficient. apartment developer, McKinley Developcontinued on page 7 ment (who specializes in student hous-

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s June arrives, Ithacans lament the loss to the pandemic of another Ithaca Festival. There are many worse losses, of course: personal and social ones of life, health and jobs. It’s just a festival. With any luck, it will be back next year. But for now, even as a lesser loss, it is missed. As the straightforward name suggests, Ithaca Festival is the city’s simple celebration of itself. And of itself by itself, its full-time residents. Its timing is quite purposeful: the weekend after Memorial Day, by which time the colleges have finished their academic years, commencements occurred, and campuses emptied. This means an emptier downtown, too. So streets are shut for a weekend of crowd-pleasing performances by local artists and musicians, and an inclusive (and idiosyncratic) parade of real community groups, along with many created just for the event (a Volvo ballet, chainsaw marching, and many other jesting and striking displays). The timing is also specifically meant to align with the onset of summer. Throughout the U.S., of course, the Memorial Day weekend is typically considered the unofficial start of the season. That holiday weekend is a busy one for many, a somber one for some. As with many holidays, it is widely an occasion for get-togethers and leisure, largely disconnected from its original intent. Still, it would be an inappropriate time for a city’s buoyant celebration, so Ithaca holds back. (Memorial Day in fact began in this region, in 1866, about 50 miles north of Ithaca in Waterloo, as a remembrance of Civil War dead.) Hopes for some aspects of summer for these weekends, even the later one set for Ithaca Festival, are often not met. The festival often has a chill put on it by cold temperatures. (Such inclemency is not limited to Ithaca, of course, but common throughout the northeast. At the start of this year’s Memorial Day weekend, for instance, there was cold rain in most parts of New York, with temperatures in the 40s.) Denied our signature civic celebration, what can Ithacans do to fill the void? Luckily, there are dependable diversions to satisfy the urges to venture and convene outdoors. The Farmers Market is back in full swing, or close. Covid restrictions on attendance have been eased. Social distancing is easier now that the colleges are gone. Lines will be shorter, but there is always a sizable crowd, and the Market is probably the closest thing there is to a

steady, ready celebration of Ithaca. There are scores of vendors of local food, wines and crafts. There are busking musicians. The site is on the water near downtown. It’s easily accessible on foot or by bike along a new, paved Waterfront Trail with soothing breezes and views. On the other end of town is Buttermilk Falls State Park. The park, featuring a substantial gorge and trails alongside it, is officially open for the season, which means a parking fee. But the cost is not very onerous, and the park is also served by bus. It is also easy to reach by bike on back roads (physically easy, at least, for even the semi-energetic; navigationally a little tough, via unfamiliar and largely unmarked roads, but a beguiling exploration for the intrepid). There might be company, but probably not crowds, which generally don’t arrive until swimming season starts. The base of the gorge has a nice natural pool with cascades, welcoming wading parts, and a deeper end with a diving board. Ithaca is famously “centrally isolated,” and seemingly sometimes parochial. The present lack of an Ithaca Festival might be an opportunity to reverse the inwardgazing with a day trip out of town. Ithaca has no neighboring locales (may we parochially say) with as many natural splendors. But if you’re content simply to be outdoors, while also being entertained (as at Ithaca Festival), Binghamton and Syracuse both have minor league baseball teams. The games are entertainment bargains. Tickets cost not much more than for a movie. The ballparks are clean and comfortable. For fans, the level of play is good (many of the current New York Mets played on these teams, which both are affiliates). For others, there is pleasant amusement in people-watching and the general enthusiasm. For children, there are slides, batting cages and other playtime diversions. The quick trip to either park provides some cultural contrasts for the curious and observant. Ithaca is different from Binghamton and Syracuse. Go see a game, sitting among neighbors near yet far, and you’ll find yourself creating your own checklist. It’s a chance to do something new and enjoyable and appreciate a slightly different environment. Speaking of environment, whatever weekend activity you might plan, check the weather forecast first. It’s not benign summer yet.

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But they should be more judicious in their choice of whom they consider worthy of subsidizing to achieve their goals. There are two questions to ask here: First, can the developer afford to do the project without the help of the city? If so, then they are just using the tax break as leverage for their own investments— they will use the $18.6 million to invest in something else. So, do they need the money? According to their website, Blue Vista has “invested and provided” over $10 billion in capital for real estate projects, including more than $3 billion in student housing. As noted above, the firm currently has $2 billion in assets under management with an incentive structure that favors the sale of buildings as a way for the fund owners to make themselves wealthier (they get 20% of any of the firm’s profits, and investors get the rest, according to their SEC paperwork). So, if they don’t have the cash on hand, it wouldn’t be too hard to get it—either sell a building or borrow against it (and with near zero borrowing rates that’s an attractive proposition). Alternatively, they could go out and find a few more investors for their fund. Indeed, if the industry press is to be believed, investments in student properties in areas like ours remain hot (see: https://www.wealthmanagement. com/student-housing/surprising-growthopportunities-student-housing-sector) so finding additional investors should not be too difficult. In sum, I would say they either have the cash or know where to get it. The second question is whether the development will create enough jobs to justify spending $18.6 million. According to their filing with the IDA, they are promising to create only 10 jobs. These jobs will pay an average of $40,000 a year.

But with or without the subsidy the jobs would be created if the complex is built, much as the cost of building will be spent whether or not the subsidy is there— assuming that the developer doesn’t walk away. While the latter point could be a concern, recent history in downtown Ithaca shows that if one developer walks away from a large project, another may well take its place. So, in all likelihood it won’t create a significant number of new, living-wage jobs. The IDA should reject McKinley Development/Blue Vista’s request. The parties in this joint venture simply do not need the funds, despite their claims to the contrary. Having the county cover 15% of the firm’s costs when they are putting down less than 40% of their own money (or their investors’), is unnecessary. Let them find other investors to do it instead. These are our future tax revenues. Over the next 7-10 years, the city, the school district, and the county will need those monies more than Blue Vista’s investors. For these reasons, the request should be rejected. That said, there is a good chance that the abatement may well be approved. If this turns out to be what happens, it should only be with more concessions. Here are a few the IDA should consider: 1) 15% of any profits from resale of the complex should come back to the city and county if the project is sold before the abatement terminates—to compensate for our covering 15% of the costs 2) All subcontracted workers at the building, including janitors, landscapers, maintenance workers, etc., must be paid a living wage. This clause would not end when the subsidy expires. 3) All workers on the construction site be paid prevailing wages 4) At least 40% of the borrowed funds be borrowed locally if possible

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move when asked by police officer; passive resisting arrest (i.e. lying down); using audio equipment in violation of noise ordinances; and painting graffiti or murals on public or private property without authorization. Joly said officers would need approval from a supervisor to make an arrest on Yellow Zone offenses, and it would depend on the totality of the circumstances. Red Zone activities are clear violations of the law that could cause harm or injury to people. Joly said arrests can be made on Red Zone offenses without approval, though if possible, approval would be ideal. These offenses include: discharging, brandishing or threatening to use firearms, real or fake explosives, fireworks, chemical sprays, or other dangerous weapons; possessing a firearm or other item banned at a demonstration by city announcement; theft or vandalism of public or private

property, including breaking windows, forcing entry and setting fires (excluding contained, symbolic burning of one’s own property); forcibly blocking streets, sidewalks, or access to public facilities or private businesses; throwing rocks, bricks, sticks, poles, bottles, etc. at other people or property; punching, kicking, choking or physically restraining another person, including fighting between opposing protest groups or interfering with law enforcement making arrests; and attempting to take a first responder’s gear (i.e. a police officer’s weapon or a firefighter’s fire extinguisher). The guidelines did not require a vote, but committee members were supportive. “There was a lot of public concern last year about several events in the city, this is an excellent way to approach it,” Alderperson Graham Kerslick said. “This is what it means in terms of expectations of the city, and it’s important to get that out.”


YOUR LETTERS We need to support Palestine


oes our right hand know what our left hand is doing with our taxes this year? On one hand the Biden administration has planned to give $235 million in aid to Palestinians. On the other, our nation is spending $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel. In short, we are spending 94% for destruction and 6% for healing. Let's reverse those percentages. -Ruth Yarrow, Ithaca, NY

Re: A Budding Industry


nteresting that no home cultivation is allowed ('yet") but government is already counting the tax revenue and how to spend it. No doubt the two are related. There is no tax revenue when I grow (or distill) my own. -Eddie Coyle, via Ithaca.com


egular usage of drugs like this for recreational purposes becomes a problem for non-users when we are negatively impacted unjustly. For example, if a particular substance has the net effect of reducing a person's productivity and thus their overall income, who then ends up picking up the slack and paying the price? Answer; everyone else, especially the most productive. This is because we have many socialistic public policies and "safety" nets that some people use as hammocks. Innocent children may also be negatively impacted by their parent's drug use. Perhaps if their parents weren't so sleepy or unmotivated, they would find time to engage in intelligence increasing activities with their kids. The parent's drug usage also normalizes that same behavior for the children. Finally, most people who enjoy spending time in their yards or in public places would prefer to smell pleasant flowers or just clean air rather than someone else's burning weed that reeks of skunk. If we lived in a libertarian society with no welfare state, like how America was prior to about 1910, and people weren't forced (via taxation) to shoulder the burdens of the irresponsible, then legalizing certain drugs wouldn't unfairly punish as many people. -Richard Ballantyne, via Ithaca.com

Re: Temple Committee Supports COVID-19 Vaccinations for all Palestinians in Occupied Territories


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out against the Apartheid/Second Class Citizen status that Israel gives Non-Jews. Also, it would be extra progressive to stand up for Human Rights in the Gaza Strip. It's sad that Israel keeps demolishing homes and evicting Arabs in the middle of the night from homes their families have lived in for generations. The mistreatment of Palestinians in order to have a special relationship with Israel has dragged our country into so many unnecessary conflicts in the Middle East that most Islamic Terrorists, such as Osama Bin Laden and his associates, clearly cite the Palestine Issue as the main reason for their attacks. Let's wake up to the cause and effect of their grievances and take them seriously as opposed to disregarding all Arabs and Muslims as terrorists. -Nevin Sabet, via Ithaca.com

Re: A letter from Anjanette Brown regarding her petition against the superintendent, Board of Ed.


s. Brown, What you are describing is a form of child abuse and domestic violence called Parental Alienation. This is one of the most extreme forms of emotional abuse and it is perpetrated by an alienating parent who has deep psychological issues which can range from narcissism to full on psychopathy. There will be an intense campaign of denigration towards the alienated parent, which is aimed at convincing your children that they are at an extreme social disadvantage to have you, their mother, in their lives. If the alienating parent is in a position of power in the community, he/she will use every subordinate to perpetuate the campaign of denigration to ultimately keep your children from you. I am really glad you are talking about your personal issue and I am really thankful you are warning others about the Ithaca professional community and how the most powerful men and women will go as far as to steal children from mothers and they will have an army of obedient professionals to make it seem ok. God is protecting you and has sent you this form of abuse so you can help the "woke" of Ithaca to wake up and stop being alive tools for narcissist abuse - Wage slaves have to eat but they do not need to help their narcissist bosses steal children from mothers. In support, Nevin. -Nevin Sabet, via Ithaca.com

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Staffing shortages in Ithaca and Tompkins County force businesses to reduce their hours or remain closed. By Ta n n e r H a r di ng


sign is taped to the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru that reads: “Store closing at 5 p.m. due to short staffing. Apply at wolakgroup.com.” A giant sign in the doorway at Wegmans advertises open interviews. Downtown businesses remain unopened as they strug-

“The COVID-19 economic shutdown has taken an enormous toll on upstate New York’s local communities, economies, taxpayers and workers,” O’Mara said in a statement. “There was never a more critical time to ensure that unemployment insurance benefits were available to struggling families and we worked tirelessly to ensure that

“I think a lot of companies are now reopening, and it’s happening very quickly,” she said. “There’s a high demand for hospitality workers, a high demand for manufacturing workers, and there’s a shortage of both.” She added that low wages in the types of jobs now available also play into it — why

in place at the federal level […] and people don’t want to work in the hospitality industry because it doesn’t pay enough. It’s all contributing.” Currently, Express Employment Professionals has over 50 open positions they’re looking to fill for clients and Nivison said “at any given moment, it could be 75.”

these benefits were available and adequate to help keep workers afloat. But the unemployment system was never intended to be a long-term replacement for a good job.” This move would bring New York in line with nearly two dozen other states that have also dropped the additional benefit. The belief that people are refusing to go back to work because of the unemployment benefits begs one question: Is it true? According to Kathy Nivison from Express Employment Professionals, an employment service in Ithaca, not entirely. Nivison said that while the extra unemployment benefits may play a small role, she thinks ultimately the cause is multifaceted.

shouldn’t folks make more money on unemployment than get paid minimum wage working in hospitality? “Candidates don’t want a minimum wage job or even close to minimum wage when there are other companies out there paying more,” she said. “It has caused businesses to reevaluate their pay structures, and they have been raising their wages just to get people.” Nivison also said that she thinks people are shying away from the hospitality industry after seeing how quickly it can collapse when the pandemic hit. “It’s a combination of all that,” she said. “There’s a very low supply of workers, unemployment insurance incentives are still

“It’s a candidate’s market right now,” she said. “Companies are having to stay competitive with their wages. If they’re not, they’re not going to find people.” However, she added that while higher wages are undoubtedly good news for workers, it has placed a burden on businesses. “It’s unfortunate because the business community was probably not prepared to have to raise the rates so fast,” she said. “That’s tough on the business community, and that will likely get passed along into the prices of what they’re selling.” As for what the future might look like, Nivison isn’t sure. She doesn’t anticipate that wages will come back down once sup-

K at h y N i v i s o n ( P h o t o : P r ov i d e d) gle to find workers. As it turns out, Ithaca is more than just surrounded by reality — it’s dealing with it. The nationwide labor shortage has left businesses — box stores and mom-andpop shops alike — in Ithaca unable to find enough staff to operate as vaccine rollout pushes life a bit closer to normalcy. Last week, Sen. Tom O’Mara co-sponsored legislation aimed at addressing the labor shortage by withdrawing New York state from the enhanced benefit portion of the federal government’s supplemental unemployment benefits program which provides claimants with an extra $300 a week in addition to the standard state benefit.

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ply meets demand, and she isn’t sure that there will be a sudden influx of eligible employees flooding the market anytime soon either. She said maybe the end of extra unemployment in September will help, but she’s “not certain that’s the magic wand that will make everything better like people keep saying.” According to the New York State Department of Labor the unemployment rate was lowest at 3.5% in 2019 in the Ithaca Metropolitan Statistical Area. Predictably, the worst was in April 2020 when it swelled to 11%, and the average for the year was 6.2%. That average rate is similar to the rates in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The post-pandemic recovery is evident when comparing last April’s 11% unemployment rate to this April’s 4.2% unemployment rate, which is 1.2% lower than even February 2021, when unemployment was 5.4%. The Department of Labor also gives “unemployed” data, which shows at its best, Ithaca’s unemployed number was an

during COVID because we didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure if our ridership was ever going to come back.” But slowly it has started to bounce back, and with things at Cornell pretty much expected to return to normal in the fall (Cornell students are a large portion of TCAT ridership), Vanderpool said they’re now trying to catch back up. “We’re battling the fact it’s really hard to recruit people right now,” he said. “We have a full, all-out recruitment effort going. […] We have a very limited amount of candidates to choose from, there are not a lot of applications coming in. We have pretty good wages and benefits, but people seem to be content with unemployment.” Mostly TCAT is currently looking for drivers, which Vanderpool said is 80% of TCAT’s workforce. Currently, sitting around 68-70 drivers, he said he’d prefer to be at about 80. “If we’re a little short there might be some things we can do as far as cutting service in certain areas,” he said. “When

“I think restaurants are evaluating their situations on a weekly basis trying to figure out what makes sense,” Executive Director of Downtown Ithaca Alliance Gary Ferguson said. “We know many of the restaurants in Ithaca are struggling to find workers for a bunch of different reasons. […] They have to say ‘I can only expand my coverage if I have people to work those shifts.’ We know there are businesses keeping their hours limited still.” When restrictions were eased in late May, many people assumed their favorite clubs and bars would be back open for business, only to find the doors remained shuttered. Aside from the logistical issues of essentially starting over after being closed for 14 months, Ferguson said many places were left without employees. “Do they have employees who are able to come back or have they moved on?” Ferguson said. “So that could be a big determining factor on how fast things can move.” He also mentioned Ithaca College and

Ashley Cake, owner of The Watershed and new president of the board of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance which repersents downtown business, said that when she first re-opened she didn’t have enough staff for a variety of reasons. “Some people moved away, others found new careers,” she said. “I just spent two weeks going through applications. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to advertise for jobs at The Watershed.” She noted that the history of the hospitality industry did weigh on her while going through the interview process with potential employees. “It felt very vulnerable and interesting to ask people to come back to an industry that is, for the most part, exploitative and has been for industries,” she said. “But our labor protections and pay is above industry standard, so our reputation has been able to overcome it.” However, despite the struggles the industry is currently going through, Cake said the last 15 or so months have reaf-

average of 1,700 per month in 2019. At its worst, 5,100 people were unemployed in April 2020, and that number has since rebounded to 2,000 in April 2021, not so far off of the average in 2019.

Cornell comes back in the fall that’ll really ramp [ridership] up, and we want to be ready for that.” Vanderpool said to combat the lack of applicants, his team has started to expand its recruitment area from Ithaca and Tompkins County out to Binghamton, Cortland and Horseheads. “We’ve done two different job fairs, we’ve done posters all over downtown, and then we’ve gone to job centers,” he said. If we can pull in a few extra drivers it’s worth the extra effort.” Downtown, you may have noticed that some old favorites have yet to reopen or are still operating with limited hours.

Cornell University’s commencement weekends the last two weekends in May. He said that while the influx of visitors was exciting compared to 2020, the DIA was concerned about whether local restaurants would be able to handle all the extra people. “Our visitors have to be patient,” he said. “We’re not at full capacity in our community. Our food and beverage operators are not working at 100%. And as we get beyond these [commencement] weekends, we do expect a lot of people to come visit Ithaca and Tompkins County and the Finger Lakes. We expect a major boost, so without having enough workers we might see situations where people have to wait.”

firmed why she’s in the business. “For all its flaws and dangers, that renewed sense of who we are as a night economy community is something for folks to look forward to,” she said. “To see people who have fought for their businesses for a year — we really know why we’re open now. With the staff that came back, I felt a real sense of ‘I love doing this.’ The recommitment to the work will make it even better.”


Scot Vanderpool, the general manager of TCAT, said he’s currently down about 1012 employees compared to the numbers before the pandemic. “The pandemic has really put us in a bad spot,” he said. “During the pandemic we didn’t know what to expect and through attrition we lost people like we normally do […] We purposely did not hire anyone

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Beloved Blue

Farewell to a Sean Norman By Ste ve L aw re nc e


amn, I will miss him… When Sean Norman told me in 2017, regarding his umpiring, “I’ll do it as long as I can,” I had no idea that he would be gone four years later. Sean passed unexpectedly at age 46 last week, and I just loved that guy. We became Facebook friends a decade ago, we got to know one another through our ongoing interactions at the softball fields, and he was always game to help me out with a story. I featured him in that 2017 article, pointing out how much he loved his new level of mobility after losing 100 pounds. He laughed and said, “It’s so much easier to get into position, and I was amazed that I actually outran a girl to third base.” Sean helped me out with another column a few weeks ago, and he conveyed

Umpire Sean Norman

how happy he was to get back behind the plate after the pandemic wiped out the 2020 season. Sean had, over the years, climbed the ladder to work collegiate

games, and he told me how he had to be on his toes, as the game moved so much faster. In that interview, he said, “I did some travel team games last season, but this was the first college assignment I had done in nearly two years.” He laughed and said, “It took a couple of innings to shake off the cobwebs, but you know, after all these years it’s like riding a bike. It felt great to be back.”   Sean also worked at GIAC, and I remember visiting him there to do that 2017 interview on his lunch break. He apologized about a dozen times when people stopped into his office to say hello. Kids, colleagues, everyone loved him. I was lucky enough to see Sean regularly during the softball season, as he worked a lot of IAC games (he had recently been promoted to be the assigner for the local umpiring association), and he was a favorite among players and coaches. He took it seriously, he hustled to get into position, he knew how to clarify rules as needed and he was just as jovial as The Man in Blue as he was at GIAC. Five days before he passed, he showed up to umpire a Spencer-Van Etten game, resplendent in a pink jersey. As my daughter walked out to the pitcher’s circle, she asked him, “Are we supposed to call you ‘Pink’ instead of ‘Blue?’” Sean laughed and replied, “Believe it or not, no matter what color we wear, we’re still called ‘Blue.’” While it was clear that Sean loved his “real” job and all the people at GIAC, he loved being on the field, he loved dealing with players, the coaches, the fans and

his fellow umps, his 8 year-old daughter, Annabelle, was the center of his universe. In the 2017 story, he said, “We have one ump that is 75 years old! I’ll do it as long as I can, but when Annabelle gets older, I might switch to coaching.”  How I wish Sean and Annabelle had been able to share that experience. As stated, I loved that guy, and part of the reason I did was his wonderfully quirky sense of humor. Over the course of the past 11 years, I have seen thousands of Facebook photos but there is only one that I have shown to at least a hundred friends. It was a photo of Sean. A decade ago, Sean and some friends went to Las Vegas, and like any good tourists they took in some of the local sights. Some people like to visit the Hoover Dam, some like to see the Grand Canyon, some spend all their time trying to become rich. Not Sean. He went to the Liberace Museum, at Liberace’s mansion. He posted photos of Liberace’s massive and gaudy collection of outfits, a pink Rolls Royce, a gold-plated piano… the place was a study in over-the-top excess. The one photo that I have looked at dozens of times made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it, and it will make me laugh for the rest of my days. In the photo, Sean Norman is posing in Liberace’s bedroom, under a massive portrait of Liberace himself. Sean is grinning widely, wrapped in Liberace’s purple velvet robe, reveling in the absurdity of it all. Damn, I will miss him…

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Ithaca College professor publishes ‘We Two Alone,’ a collection of short stories that take place around the world


By Barbara Adams

Chinese laundry boy in 1920s Vancouver, his heart set on playing hockey, disguises himself in order to join a women’s team. That’s the intriguing premise of “The Valkyries,” which opens Jack Wang’s debut book, “We Two Alone.” Six short stories and a novella comprise this collection, initially published last year by Canada’s House of Anansi Press and released this week by HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins “dedicated to publishing extraordinary international voices.” The imprint promises “books that take you everywhere,” accurately describing the scope of Wang’s stories, set in far-flung places –– Vancouver, Vienna, Port Elizabeth –– reflecting the Chinese diaspora over a century. Praised as “utterly remarkable,” “We Too Alone” has just won the

best short fiction debut award from The Writers’ Union of Canada. Associate professor of writing at Ithaca College, Wang is also known as the co-author, with his brother Holman, of a dozen Cozy Classics and three “Star Wars” board books. He’s currently working on a novel, “The Riveters,” about disenfranchised Chinese Canadians who served in the shipyards during World War II. He spoke recently with Ithaca Times correspondent Barbara Adams. IT: How did this collection come about? JW: For several years, I was working on a novel that I finally put in the proverbial drawer. I wanted a project that I’d get to the finish line sooner with and so turned my attention back to short stories. I hadn't written any for a while, but I’d been teaching many fiction writing workshops and felt like my understanding of the form had evolved. IT: All six stories have been previously published; which one did you begin with? JW: “Allhallows,” in 2012 –– close friends were going through a divorce, which made me imagine a divorced character, a former hockey player still in love with his ex-wife. The next story, “The Valkyries,” also involved hockey. In the beginning I was just following discrete interests, each story its own project. But after these two I had the first inkling of somehow connecting stories that spanned nearly a century. IT: “The Night of Broken Glass” takes us to November 1938, the pogrom in Vienna. JW: That has a very particular origin story. In 2010, I went to the World Exposition in Shanghai and visiting the Israeli pavilion, saw a plaque dedicated to Ho Feng-Shan –– thanking him for saving lives during Kristallnacht. Why had I never heard of him? I went on to read his obscure diplomatic memoir and his son’s scientific memoir and used them as a basis for a story. After this, the collection really began to take shape, and I started adding to that global portrait of the Chinese diaspora. IT: Have you always been drawn to the history of Chinese outside China, or did the stories you wanted to tell lead you to these places?

Buffalo Street Books Wang will be reading on Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m., online via Crowdcast. He’ll be joined by actor Feodor Chin, one of the U.S. audiobook narrators, and will also share historical images. Ju ne

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JW: Here I was interested in writing about Chinese characters and their experience in the world, not the diaspora at first. And I wanted to break out of the familiar immigrant narrative of coming to North America in the late 20th century, to create a broader portrait. When I was younger, I didn’t always write about Chinese characters. It took me a long time to shake off a lot of the reading I’d done and understand that Chinese people can be the subject of literature. Previously, I’d worked with semi-autobiographical fiction. But now, drawing on history, I found that refracting my own experiences through different times and places helped me find what was interesting about them. IT: Do you consider these stories historical fiction? JW: Yes, many of them are. But in a collection you can write different kinds of fiction –– it’s nice in your first book not to have to define yourself as a certain kind of writer, to show a range of story types. The challenge of historical fiction is not to be overwhelmed by the research and information, but make sure you’re focused on the drama. History is usually a bird’s-eye view; fiction tries to bring that history to eye level. IT: In your research, what was already known? And what discoveries were you surprised to make? JW: On one hand, I was writing about places I know pretty well –– Vancouver, Tallahassee, London, Oxford, Shanghai, New York City. But some places, like Vienna, I’ve never been to. For “Everything in Between,” I learned a lot about South Africa –– the fishing pier in Port Elizabeth was segregated: whites, Chinese in the middle, Blacks on the other end. To me it was a perfect metaphor for the liminal space between Blacks and whites that Asians often occupy in a racialized society. IT: What was the most challenging aspect of developing these stories? JW: In some ways it was starting up at the mountain again –– not only starting over with short stories, but each being a discrete project that needs a new idea. Also, all the characters are Chinese, but that doesn’t mean necessarily that I understood them or had a right to them. Of the times and places I wasn’t intimately experienced with, I had to make sure I was doing them justice, making them believable, authentic. IT: The novella, “We Two Alone,” about an actor pursuing his career dream –– what does it mean for you? JW: Love is at the heart of all these stories, and here we’re looking at a 20-year marriage, trying to understand how the couple has gotten to this place. It’s also about the contemporary challenges of being an artist, and of being Chinese, which changes as you move from one decade to the next. Many of these stories are for me also about mortality. I feel this is part of a long goodbye with my own existence on this earth. That’s why I’m writing these stories ––this final one especially touches on that.

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Last Dragons and Big Scores BVC returns to Regal By Br yan VanC ampe n


’ll always remember that “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney PicturesWalt Disney Animation Studios, 2021, 107 min.) was the first movie I saw in a hard-top theater after 14 months of CO-

VID isolation. I’ll also remember it as one of those pivotal animated features in the evolution of the Disney film, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) to where we are now. For those who love

“Aladdin” while knowing that all the Arabic characters were voiced by white actors, “Raya and the Last Dragon” is a sweeping Asian adventure with actual Asian voices. Co-written and directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co -directed by Paul Briggs and John Ripa, “Raya and the Last Dragon” is narrated by Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) herself. In a very cool shadow-puppet style prologue, we’re introduced to a kingdom interconnected by five different villages that once had dragons until an ectoplasmic plague destroyed them and turned almost all of its inhabitants into stone. That leaves the smart, resourceful and brave Raya to try and find the last dragon, Sisu (a suitably goofy yet sweet turn from Awkwafina).

Raya is no passive princess waiting to be saved; there’s so much action and intrigue going on with her quest —including a fantastic opening sequence clearly drawn from a similar scene at the beginning of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — there’s no time for romance. The notion of five separate villages allows the animators to create five distinct, visually arresting environments for the story to unfold in. There’s some serious Miyazaki influence here, and I especially appreciated Raya’s traveling pet that she rides like a unicycle and looks like a cross between a pill bug and a Care Bear. Like the best Pixar movies, at least half of the fun and intrigue is its story and the way it advances and surprises, so I’ll refrain from spoiling any more of the plot. But mark my words: “Raya and the Last Dragon” will be remembered not just on its own entertainment merits but as a critical touchstone in the progression and growth of what Richard Schickel called “The Disney Version.” ● ● ●

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Long-time readers know that I am not a Guy Ritchie fan. I’ve often said that if Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino didn’t exist, Ritchie wouldn’t know who to steal from. So no one was more surprised than me that I actually enjoyed Ritchie’s last movie, “The Gentlemen.” Something about Hugh Grant framing the saga of a pot dealer as a movie pitch really tickled me. His bloody, visceral new picture “Wrath of Man” (MGM-Miramax-United Artists Releasing, 2020, 119 min.) borrows heavily from “Reservoir Dogs.” My friend Jamie, referring to a ‘70s Charles Bronson classic, calls it “Stath Wish,” but Ritchie’s fifth collaboration with Jason Statham really worked for me, too. Did someone say “Point Blank”? Here’s another movie with a devious plot not to be spoiled; the screenplay by Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies uses chapter headings and well-placed flashbacks to excellent effect. The first scene in the film is an armored truck robbery seen entirely from the point of view of the truck drivers. Then Jason Statham applies for a job at the armored truck company, proves himself to be a badass, and then we get flashbacks to that robbery from a different perspective and learn more about the story and what it all means. Besides the taciturn cool of Statham, the macho male cast is packed with guys like Holt McCallany (“Fight Club”), Jeffrey Donovan (TV’s “Burn Notice”) and in particular, Scott Eastwood (“The Fate of the Furious”) sporting a beard that really makes him look like his dad Clint in all those great Westerns. Watching Eastwood spar with Statham and the other actors, it really struck me that Statham has inherited the kinds of strong, silent type roles that were Clint Eastwood’s stock in trade. Don’t ever leave this guy for dead, or you’ll be very sorry.

Personal Health

‘Slow but strong’

Ithaca YMCA’s return from the COVID pandemic By Robe r t Riege r


xpanded hours and an updated mask policy mark two more steps in the long path back to normalcy at the Ithaca YMCA. The Y’s hours have expanded to 6 a.m. to noon, and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fully vaccinated members can now use the Y without a mask provided they show either a NYS Excelsior Pass or a card showing full vaccination at least two weeks prior to their visit. According to Frank Towner, CEO, more hours and classes will be added in June, following guidelines from the New York State Department of Health. Towner described their return as “slow but strong.” In the pool, lap swimming is available by reservation. Individual lessons are also offered. The Y offers in-person health and wellness classes, including Zumba, dance and yoga. Most of the facility is open, including courts, strength room and cardio equipment. Childcare is expected to be available in June.

Summer camp begins July 5 for children ages five through 12 and allows time at both the YMCA main facility and at the Outdoor Education Center. An archery program, designed in consultation with Chuck Cooley, Professional Archer, highlights Camp Adventure, 2021.

Like all area businesses and non-profits, COVID greatly impacted the Y’s operations and programs. The facility closed on March 15, 2020 and did not open again until August. Before the closure, the Y had 3,540 members. Today, it is around half that number. Staffing declined from 141 in March, 2020, to 30 today. A two million dollar budget dropped to 840,000 dollars during the same period. “The membership and programs are a YMCA staple to sustainability, and these have been drastically reduced,” Towner said. It was not just the numbers. “This was an emotional and physically draining period for us, including constant regulatory changes,” Towner said. Before COVID, Berg swam, worked out with weights, and played pickle ball and table tennis. Due to the pandemic, he currently only swims and does weights. “I miss the pickleball and table tennis, which are the social side of my routine,” he said. Working in close partnership with the Tompkins County Department of Health, the Y currently closes mid-day for two hours of intense cleaning and sanitizing. In addition, staff spot clean touch points throughout the building during the day. “Members have been very diligent to wipe and spray all equipment,” Towner said. “Not one case of COVID has been traced to the Y.” Towner thanks the community for its survival. “Had it not been for local support, we would not have made it this far.” In addition to sustaining memberships

during the pandemic, the Y received a PPP loan from the federal government in early January 2021 and plans to apply for a second. “Programs and memberships are still not paying the bills,” Towner said. Another current challenge involves staffing. Towner said they are recruiting for many open positions across the organization, including lifeguards, health and wellness, and Welcome Center team members. During the closure, the Y partnered with the Friendship Donations Network and began a food hub serving as many as 200 people a week. “These partnerships build spirit, strength, depth, and the ability to serve,” Towner said. Area grocers, including Wegmans, Greenstar, Tops, and Aldi contribute. Other partner organizations include Love Living at Home, Challenge Workforce, Lifelong, Longview, Cancer Resource Center and Rotary. Towner credits patience, fortitude, collaboration, family, mental health support and fiscal responsibility for helping him and his staff manage during the pandemic. “Working with staff and Board as a unified front has been critical to our success,” he said. Y member Berg appreciates all that has been done and encourages others to come back. “I’m in better shape now than I was when I was 35,” Berg said. “I’m enjoying retirement and the Y is a big part of that.”

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Q&A: Ira Rosen

Ithaca Times sits down with long-time ‘60 Minutes’ producer and Cornell alum Ira Rosen to talk about his career and new book ‘Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes.’ By G.M . Bur n s

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ra Rosen has seen and told his fair share of stories in his nearly 25 years as a CBS “60 Minutes” producer. In total, Rosen has spent 53 years following stories as a writer and journalist, which has earned him two Peabody Awards, four DuPont Awards, 24 Emmys and the Hillman Prize for his reporting. Rosen’s new book, “Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes,” (St. Martin’s Press), highlights the moving, amusing and insightful accounts of what it was like to work at the award winning news show. Rosen recently spoke about his book for the Cornell Club in a special Webinar program, and in a recent phone interview talked with the

Ithaca Times about his life and new book. Ithaca Times: You have a long history of reporting the news [on TV] and in writing. Talk about your first story at Cornell University when you were a student, and how it came about? And is that what drew you to become a journalist and writer? Ira Rosen: Absolutely, the best training ground was working at the Cornell Daily Sun. I was friends with some of the guys on the Cornell basketball team, and they told me they were all eating their pre-game meals at McDonald’s. And I said ‘what? I said I thought you guys ate really well.’ So I went to the school athletic director and I asked for the receipt, because I didn’t believe they were eating at McDonald’s. So he sent me to the bursar’s office. The bursar’s office gave me the file that they had, and one of the sheets they gave me was each player received $55 in cash. And you have to remember in 1974, 1975, $55 was a lot of money. So I showed it to the players, and they said wait a second, when we signed this piece of paper, it said only 15 dollars — they had to sign a blank piece of paper. So the coach gave them a blank piece of paper, had them write it, and then typed in at the top that each player received $55 in cash — when they were


Layered and complex

The Gallery at South Hill hosts first exhibit since last summer, featuring nonfigurative painter Andrew Paine By Ar thur W hit m an


oving into summer, Ithaca’s exhibitions scene continues its stopstart pattern of the past year. While several galleries are either closed or offering nothing new in May and/or June, some signs of a renewal may be gleaned.

The brightest light of this would-be post-pandemic season is the revival of The Gallery at South Hill, under the new direction of local abstract painter Michael Sampson. Drawing largely from the studio roster at Artist Alley in the South Hill

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only receiving 15. So anyway I went to this senator and he didn’t think this was much of a story. And then I was doing laundry in Collegetown, and I ran into Joel Rudin, who was managing editor of the Sun and told him what I had and he said if we co-write it together, I’ll make it the biggest banner headline in the history of the Cornell Daily Sun. And I said great. And Joe was really a very, very good writer and became a well-known lawyer. So Joe and I worked with Joe Howard, the legendary sports editor, and it caused the coach to get fired. It caused the Cornell athletic department to be put on probation with the NCAA. The coach was using the money to pay incoming application fees for recruiters, which was a violation of the NCAA rules. Anyway it was an enormous case for me — I think I was 19-years-old when I broke that story. I ended up going to Washington and working with Jack Anderson at the Washington Post — all as a result of that story. IT: You had a little experience in broadcast media, and then landed a job as producer at “60 Minutes.” There was a great deal of pressure to succeed, but what helped you to become better as you worked and helped veteran reporter Mike Wallace? IR: Well what happened was he hired me when I was 26 years old, and I became the youngest producer in the show’s history. I was really lucky to learn a trade from working with Wallace and Don Hewitt, the creator of “60 Minutes.” I was a little pisher — I didn’t know very much, and they really took me under their wing and taught me the business. And I said in my book the “Ticking Clock,” which I will talk about on Monday [in the Webinar through the Cornell Club], Mike was a real, real, real hard guy to work with — he was screaming, he was yelling, he didn’t tolerate fools gladly and it was a very, very tough situation. A lot of the producers that worked with him developed medical illness. But if I was going to learn the business from the master, I just needed to just basically, you know, put up with it. And I

kind of Persevered and learned the business from these guys. IT: After 25 years as a producer at “60 Minutes,” you decided to leave and write “Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes.” Talk about what the blue sheet was, and why it could cause such competition, and even bitter feelings between the reporters and producers? IR: The blue sheet was a quick claim deed on a story. So if there is a big court case that breaks overnight and you get the blue sheet in first that story belongs to you. But what often happened was Morley Safer would read the New York Times, because a lot of the stories would come from the New York Times, and so Morley would get up early at four in the morning, and read the Times, and he would call in a blue sheet before anybody. But Mike Wallace was friends with Abe Rosenthal, who was editor of the New York Times, and he had a special delivery of the New York Times at 11 o’clock at his house every night, and got to see what was in the paper before anybody. But even that sometimes didn’t work so I sometimes did what was called an airport run, and what I do, remember this was a period of time before, there was no internet, no computer, newspapers came three days late. And so, in order to get the jump on another producer to get the story, you have to still find it first. So I would normally go to the airport, throw my credit card down and say “next flight out.” And if the flight is going to Tennessee, [to find those pages,] you know sorry Charlie, you’re gonna go to Tennessee that’s part of the karma of the chase. And then when you land in Nashville, you get all the newspapers and you see if there is a worthy 60 Minutes story, and if there is, we research it, we shoot it, and all that, it’s our film. We go back to the airport counter and say ‘next flight out.’ And you go until, basically spend two, three days on the road, and you go and find a story or two, and you get the jump on everybody else.

Business Campus — where the gallery is situated — Sampson has assembled a promising calendar of reputable but often under-exhibited local artists. For the gallery’s first new show since last summer, Sampson has recruited Andrew Paine, a sophisticated non-figurative painter as well as an experimental musician with a local following. “Andrew Paine: Recent Work” remains up through June 20 with unusual Friday and Saturday late hours anticipated to expand to Sundays shortly. While Ithaca has its fair share of estimable abstract painters, much of their work is palpably constrained by the long-established genre-ization of abstraction. As a no longer radically new mode of working, abstract art has acquired a familiar bag of tricks. Which is not to say that Paine work isn’t in an identifiable lineage. There’s a

tradition, going back a century, of abstract — and semi-abstract — painting making use of unusual materials to create varied and alien landscapes of texture. Going beyond collage, artists as varied as Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet, Antoni Tàpies, and Larry Poons have pushed the material presence of painting in often exhilarating ways. Like much of this work, Paine’s own evokes a sense of the human — or animal —body without need for literal portrayal. Working in this tradition, Paine uses a variety of “non-art” materials in his art and non-painting techniques in his painting. His pieces, all of them untitled, use acrylic on board or panel, but also incorporate such media as latex, cast plaster, fiber, burlap, and Styrofoam. He creates a kind of relief sculpture, inviting tactile associations while remaining first-andforemost pictures. The paintings, most of them on square or near-square supports,

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feature irregular build-ups, which invites close looking from varied angles. Although not primarily a colorist, Paine uses color in effective, sometimes daring ways. His paintings are typically near monochrome, sometimes almost colorless. The effect is to highlight their rich sculptural presence, which would be enough to keep things interesting here. Nonetheless, unexpected, subtle accents of hue add immeasurably to the complex, layered experiences that these works engender. A generous selection of larger pieces have been arranged around the left-side and back wall of the gallery. Most of these

are still of modest size by contemporary painting standards. Two of Paine’s largest pieces, hung in the middle of the back wall, are of particular interest. Using acrylic and latex — his materials feel bonded, however applied — in black and turquoise, he creates two distinct texture-worlds. The square on the left, slightly smaller, incorporates dark purple color and plaster as well as strands of fiber, giving the piece the feeling of a bandage placed over blackened flesh. The right side painting, more placid, suggests waves in an ocean, seen from above. The right of the gallery is devoted to irregular groupings of smaller, sometimes tiny, pieces, arranged for the most part by overall color. Although perhaps intended as preparatory or provisional works, they

are frequently as striking as his larger pieces, especially taken in sets. Particularly striking color groupings include a distinctly archaeological cold white, a silvery gray, a mottled black-and-white, a pale pink and warm gray, and reptilian greenand-yellow. These are marvels of tone, texture, hue, and metaphorical evocation — amplified by their eccentric hanging. Ithaca’s varied arts audiences remain all-too-often isolated from one another. As represented by musician-promoters including Bubba Crumrine (Ithaca Underground) and Elijah Joseph Weber-Han (The ElectroZone), the city’s predominantly rock-oriented experimental music community has a lively following that

ought to be the envy of the mainstream gallery crowd. This Saturday, June 5, from 6 -8 p.m., Paine will be performing inside the gallery as part of the duo Human Resources. According to Sampson, Paine will be performing electronics while his partner, Matthew Grigorov, will be playing guitar. The event, which will also incorporate projected images, promises to be a lively one.

The Gallery at South Hill The show runs through June 20 at the South Hill Business Campus. 950 Danby Rd. Gallery is open 5 - 8 p.m. on Fridays and 3 - 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.

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Music Bars/Bands/Clubs

6/3 Thursday Rosie Newton & Paul Martin | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Rd

6/4 Friday Friday Night Music - The Beauchesnes | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd GoGone | 6 p.m. | Firelight Camps, 1150 Danby Rd

6/5 Saturday Muriel Anderson (First Show in the Whiting Theater at the Center for the Arts) | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | $10.00 - $28.00

6/10 Thursday Transition Points: Instrumental Music for Two Voyces | 7:30 p.m. | Park Church, 208 West Gray Street | $10.00 - $30.00

Stage Muriel Anderson (First Show in the Whiting Theater at the Center

for the Arts) | 8 p.m., 6/5 Saturday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | The first concert to return to the Whiting Theater at the Center for the Arts! | $10.00 - $28.00

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A Kitchen Theatre Company Presents SHAPE by Kara-Lynn Vaeni at Washington Park | 4 p.m., 6/6 Sunday | Washington Park, W. Buffalo St. | Meet Puppy, a 47-year-old lifelong East Coast woman who moves to Texas and learns to get strong.

“Bridges and Boats” Art Exhibition at North Star Art Gallery | 12 p.m., 6/4 Friday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road | This exhibition opens May 1st and runs through June. It includes paintings of man made creations of boats and bridges in natural settings. | Free Paintings by Andrew Paine | 5 p.m., 6/4 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | The Gallery at South Hill will be having a one person exhibition of recent painting by Andrew Paine. The Gallery at South

Nunsense the Musical! | 7:30 p.m., 6/10 Thursday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood


Hill entrance is located in the back of the building. | Free Gallery Night Ithaca - Every First Friday of the month | 6/4 Friday | Virtual | First Friday Gallery Night is a monthly community celebration of the latest art showings taking place in and around Downtown Ithaca. Pay-What-You-Wish Weekend at Museum of the Earth at Museum of the Earth | 10 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Virtual | Museum of the Earth is excited to announce a new community initiative, Pay-What-You-Wish weekends.

Film Outdoor Cinema feat. Aladdin (PG) | 8:45 p.m., 6/4 Friday | Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 Rt. 392 | Join Greek Peak to enjoy new movies, old favorites & live streamed concerts set against Greek Peak Mountain Resort’s scenic mountain backdrop. Virtual Cinemapolis: Bad Tales | 6/4 Friday | Virtual | On the outskirts of Rome, the cheerful heat of summer camouflages an atmosphere of alienation. The families seem normal, but

6/7 Monday Elisa S. Keeler’s Online Album Release & Song Celebration for All Ages | 7:30 p.m. | State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St

6/10 Thursday Pierce Walsh | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sand Bank Rd Concerts/Recitals

6/3 Thursday Farm to Concert Dinner at Center for the Arts | 5 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | $40.00 - $280.00

Lake Street Dive | 8 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road | $130.00 - $380.00


Hopshire Farms & Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd., Freeville | A four-piece blues, Americana, rock band based in Central New York. Robert Hunter, Ted Walsh, Michael Starmer and Freddy Villano make up the quartet. (photo: provided)


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Special Events Drum-Making Workshop with Zelda Holating | 9 a.m., 6/3 Thursday | The workshop includes all materials for making a 14 drum made of buffalo, elk, or deer skin, along with a drumstick and a custom-made drum bag. Public Sunset Cruises at Allen Treman State Park | 7:30 p.m., 6/4 Friday | Nothing beats a sunset on the lake! Settle in for a relaxing cruise that features a light narration and a chance to chat informally with our crew. NATIONAL LEARN TO ROW DAY | 10 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Cascadilla Boat Club, Stewart Park | Give rowing a try for FREE in a one-hour session at the historic Cascadilla boathouse on National Learn to Row Day, Sat June 5. Explore summer program options for 12-year-olds through adults. | Free Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises at Allen Treman State Park | 6 p.m., 6/6 Sunday | Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises feature mellow music on board with some of our favorite local DJs! Sunday evenings at sunset, June - September $30/adults, $50/two adults. Click here to get tickets. Bike Network Tompkins: June Session | 12 p.m., 6/8 Tuesday | Virtual | Join Way2Go and Bike Walk Tompkins for our next one-hour, lively bicycling discussion. | Free


6/4 Friday Outdoor Cinema feat. Aladdin (PG) | 8:45 p.m. | Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 Rt. 392

it’s an illusion: in the houses, courtyards and gardens, silence shrouds the subtle sadism of the fathers, the passivity of the mothers and the guilty indifference of adults Virtual Cinemapolis: City of Ali | 6/4 Friday | Virtual | A feature-length documentary that tells the story of how the death of Muhammad Ali brought the people of his Kentucky hometown – and the world – together for one unforgettable week.


Opens Sunday, June 6 at 4:00 PM \Washington St., W. Buffalo Street St, Ithaca | Live theatre in Ithaca is back in June at Washington Park! Join KTC for the world-premiere of their first-ever NEA funded production, Shape! Meet Puppy, a 47-year-old lifelong East Coast woman who moves to Texas and learns to get strong. Built on adrenaline, determination, transformation, and sweat, this play cracks open fresh conversations about how we relate to our bodies and what we’re capable of accomplishing. (photo: provided)

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Book Sale | 10 a.m., 6/3 Thursday | Montour Falls Library, 406 W Main St | Book Sales are back and will be held at the library on the East side of the building on June 3 & 4 from 10am to 4:30pm and on June 5 9am - 1pm. Books are for sale by donation. | Free Science in the Virtual Pub: A Scientist Walks into the Pub |



Two locations: ​4224 McIntyre Rd, Mecklenburg & 326 Gunderman Rd., Danby | Each location will feature several original members of the Finger Lakes Pottery group as well as guest artists from around the country. All work will be available for purchase and artists will be present to discuss their work. | (photo: provided)


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7:30 p.m., 6/3 Thursday | Virtual | Dr. Danielle L. Cold Process Soap Making | 2 p.m., 6/5 Saturday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | Learn how to make 100% natural cold process bar soap using an all vegetable base. Have fun creating your own special blend, using essential oils, herbs, oatmeal, and beautiful pigments. Participants will leave with 2 lbs. of custom-crafted soap, a soap mold, and their own safety glasses. Stone setting techniques | 1 p.m., 6/6 Sunday | Metal Smithery, 950 Danby Road | Learn and create jewelry pieces with bezel set stones, prong settings from scratch, and flush/gypsy set stones. Webinar: Gardening for Birds | 12 p.m., 6/8 Tuesday | Virtual | Transform your outdoor space into a place birds will flock to! On June 8 at 12:00 p.m.

NATIONAL LEARN TO ROW DAY | 10 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Cascadilla Boat Club, Stewart Park | Give rowing a try for FREE in a one-hour session at the historic Cascadilla boathouse on National Learn to Row Day, Sat June 5. Explore summer program options for 12-year-olds through adults. | Free Free Community Science | 10 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Conley Park, 601 1st St | Join Sciencenter educators and local experts every Saturday at 10am in Conley Park (behind the Sciencenter), for hands-on science exploration and fun! | Free LEGO Club | 4 p.m., 6/7 Monday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | LEGO Club will meet as a combined group on zoom and hear a story and receive the challenge at 4 pm. We will then meet back 1 hour later at 5 pm for a show and tell of what you made.



Virtual Chinese Storytime | 6/3 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St | ? Complete the form below to have an email notification sent to you 24 hours prior to the event. Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 6/4 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm.

Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 6/3 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local vendors with a great assortment fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, maple products, crafts, soaps, baskets, pottery, brooms, kettle korn and a food truck! | Free Virtual Chinese Storytime | 6/3 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St | ? Complete the form below to have an email

notification sent to you 24 hours prior to the event. Homer Community Blood Drive | 8 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Homer First United Methodist Church, 16 Cayuga Street | The Homer Community Blood Drive will be held Saturday, June 5th, from 8am to 1:00pm, at the Homer First United Methodist Church, 16 Cayuga Street (on the Green). | Free Cortland City Farmers Market | 8 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Downtown Cortland, Main Street | The Cortland City Farmers Market will be opening Tuesday June 1. Stop by for your chance win a market gift certificate. The market will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Historic Southworth Homestead Tours | 10 a.m., 6/5 Saturday | Southworth Homestead, 14 North Street | | $10.00 Dewitt Park Ithaca Farmers Market at Dewitt Park | 9 a.m., 6/8 Tuesday | This market is perfect for grabbing prepared food or groceries. Vendors set up around the perimeter of the park (across from Greenstar Oasis) with tents and tables. Webinar: Gardening for Birds | 12 p.m., 6/8 Tuesday | Virtual | Transform your outdoor space into a place birds will flock to! On June 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Grow Along Support Classes @ the Ithaca Community Gardens & on ZOOM | 6 p.m., 6/8 Tuesday | Ithaca Community Gardens | Do you want to garden but wish you had someone to give you personal guidance? | Free Troubleshooting Your Garden Challenges | 6 p.m., 6/8 Tuesday | Virtual | Let’s face it--gardening is full of challenges, from weeds, to insects and diseases to nutrient issues, and even how to deal with things like toxic soils, and rocks. | $0.00 - $30.00 Farmers Market at Dewitt Park | 9 a.m., 6/9 Wednesday | Dewitt Park, 102 E Court Street | A Farmers Market at Dewitt Park is returning in May 2021. This market is perfect for grabbing fresh produce, prepared food, or groceries. Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 6/9 Wednesday | Enjoy live music, supper and shopping at the community-built pavilions and lawn tents for fresh locally grown produce, naturally raised meats, eggs, flowers, plants, crafts and products.




Conley Park, 601 First Street, Ithaca | Join Sciencenter educators and local experts every Saturday (through early Fall) behind the Sciencenter for hands-on science exploration and fun! Activities range from giant bubbles, to reptile shows, to aquatic exploration! (photo: provided)

State of the Art Gallery, 120 W. State St., Ithaca | Photographers nationwide are represented in this show and it is ONLINE only at www.soagithaca.org// Prizes will be awarded online June 2 by Jan Kather, prize judge. Also, a show of photographs by gallery members and family members will be in the newly renovated gallery through June 27.| (photo: provided)

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And it’s kind of exciting back then to do it. Now it’s more [complicated], terrorists changed the way we kind of board airplanes. IT: There are many stories in the book you share, from presidents to other well-known figures such as mob boss John Gotti. Apart from overcoming the charm, finesse or smarts of the person you were covering — what did you discover the hardest lesson was during your time at “60 Minutes?” IR: Well, that’s a great question. I think the hardest thing was really twofold. One is gaining the trust of the people who are telling you their life story, and are giving you information, whether it’s sources or people you are profiling with. And in the book I talk about some of those relationships that I develop with people like with Steve Bannon and John Gotti. And what you do is 90% of life is showing up, and if people kind of accept you as part of the furniture, you would be amazed at what they tell you. The hardest part is gaining the trust of the people, if you are going to do a “60 Minutes” story on them. And that would be the hardest part. IT: Was there a story that was hard to write in your book but was enjoyable once it was done? IR: Probably the story that I am most proud that I did was a story we did with the Washington Post on the opioid epidemic. That story ended up winning more awards than any story in the history of 60 Minutes. It won a Peabody, a Dupont, an Emmy and a Hellman. You know, it won awards that I didn’t know existed. And we told a story about an epidemic that was killing hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, and it was done by corporate America, and they basically did it to make their profit. The Sackler family, the McKesson Corporation. It was very difficult to make and to produce. And plus we had to maintain a relationship with the people we were working with at the Washington Post. And everything clicked, you don’t always get that in everything in what we do. IT: It seems not all mainstream media can craft a story. What do you think the direction of good news reporting is heading in America right now? What are your hopes for it? IR: Well my hope for it is that we get back to delivery of fair TV shows and reporters not having an express bias in their story telling — whether it’s pro-Trump, antiTrump, or pro-Biden or anti-Biden, tt’s quite a strain — the viewers and readers are pretty smart, and if you lay out the facts they will come to their own opinion about right and wrong. You don’t need to confuse viewers and readers about what the person believes in.

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